Operation Keto: Week Eleven + Dairy-Free Grain-Free Brownie Recipe
Paging all chocolate lovers, this week’s update post is for you! I just pulled this chocolatey beast out of the oven and OH.MY.GAWHD (if you read that in a Janice voice, you are my best friend). Being on keto has made me very reflective on my eating choices both now and pre-keto this week in particular. I’ve noticed that I’ve been a bit more curious about what other people, specifically complete strangers, shove in their mouths. On multiple occasions whether at a restaurant, waiting in line at the grocery checkout, or watching Instagram stories, my mind immediately thinks, “Oh my gosh, they have no idea how much sugar and carbs they are consuming right now.” It makes me want to leap into action, smack the açaí bowl out of their hands, and tell them what they think is healthy is actually quite the opposite. And at first this mindset to me was great, I thought deep down I really wished this person would be healthier (this is still the real motive sometimes), but after further inspection I realized I was being completely judgmental, snobby, and just rude (it’s a really good thing these thoughts all stayed in my head!!). I feel so completely different, and for the better, from my past self when I eat keto and I do believe that many people would feel the same, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only way to eat to be healthy and achieve your physical and wellness goals. Every BODY is different and reacts differently to food (even healthy food) and instead of trying to get everyone on the same diet, shouldn’t the goal be to get everyone to find the diet that is best for their bodies? For me that is Keto, for others it may be Paleo or vegetarian, or even vegan. I believe that if our mindset towards eating was to fuel our bodies with the eating style that makes it function efficiently and effectively, we would have far less grim statistics about obesity, heart disease, and mental health. Food would stop being an emotional support system or temptation, but be something to enjoy freely and happily without guilt. And doesn’t that sound like the ultimate dream?
Weekly Update Q’s
Weight Loss or Gain
This week I lost just shy of two lbs which brings my total loss to 13 lbs. This number is so exciting for me to write because my initial goal was to lose 15 lbs by our cruise (T-10 days!) and 20lbs overall so I’m so so close to reaching both those goals *insert dancing woman emoji and praise hands*. Whenever I used to start a diet I always hoped to lose weight super quickly but with Keto it has been such a gradual process and I’m actually very grateful for that. The slower process has helped me keep off the weight and makes me far less fearful of putting it all back on when I eat non-Keto for consecutive days, like on vacation.
How Do I feel?
So all of January Brett and I have been trading off being sick, so the past two weeks it was my turn and it was horrible. I haven’t workout out at all which really frustrated me being so close to the cruise and after building momentum during the first week and a half of January, but thankfully the magic of antibiotics has kicked in and I can head to the gym starting tomorrow - woohoo! During week eleven I cut my calories a little to makeup for not working out and I’m positive that helped me lose the 2 lbs I did this week, whereas last week I loss zero. I also was more disciplined with intermittent fasting. Keto and IF work hand in hand together and I always see the results from them both when I stick to it. Even if you’re not Keto, I highly recommend looking into IF. It’s not only super easy (you don’t have to change your diet at all!) but it helps tremendously with a bad snacking habit.
A small victory this past week that has greatly lifted my spirits is my favorite no-stretch denim from Everlane were actually big on me!!! The thigh and hip area was normal but there was a very noticeable gap in the waistband near my lower back and within an hour the entire jean felt and looked looser. I’ve never been so excited to see skinny jeans look baggy!!! I don’t think I’ll pull the trigger yet to buy a new pair, but once I hit that 20lb goal you know my cart will be ready for checkout!
What are your Go-To’s for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks?
I’ve been loving just your simple cold cuts with cheese. I make little meat tacos with them and they are so filling and so fast. It’s perfect for a snack or to make a whole meal out of it!
Overcoming Temptation to Break the Diet…
The beauty of Keto is that it’s a high fat diet which means there are a lot of baking options that don’t taste like dry cardboard! For example these ultra decadent and gooey Coconut Oil Brownies from The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen. They are both dairy and grain free, and are so rich you actually can stop eating them after just one!! I’m thinking about making some homemade whipped cream later tonight to top them for dessert.
Coconut Oil Brownies
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2/3 cup granulated erythritol sweetener (I use Swerve)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sal
1/2 cup coconut oil
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
5 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup brewed coffee or water, cold
Preheat oven to 325ºF and grease 9-inch square baking pan.
Whisk together sweetener, cocoa powder, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt in bowl.
In saucepan over low heat, melt coconut oil and chocolate, stirring until smooth.
Pour melted chocolate in bowl and whisk in eggs and vanilla extract until smooth.
Whisk in dry ingredients and coffee or water until smooth.
Pour into baking dish and bake for 18-23 minutes or until tooth pick comes out dry.
Let cool and store in fridge for 5 days, makes 16 servings.
They are very fudgey. I would let them set in the fridge before cutting.
Macros per serving
Net carbs: 1.5g